If You Believe, by Jim Quinn

If you still believe the narratives, then there really is no hope for you. From Jim Quinn at theburningplatform.com:

If you believed they put a man on the moon

Man on the moon

If you believe there’s nothing up his sleeve

Then nothing is cool

REM – Man on the Moon

The REM song Man on the Moon, released in 1992, is a haunting melancholy tune, with Andy Kaufmann and his life and death as the focal point. For me, the lyrics always bring me back to the simpler time of my youth, when our antenna TV could get about eight channels, we had one rotary phone, one old used station wagon, lived in a row home, and a family of five could be raised on a truck driver’s income, with a stay-at-home mom.

It’s the references to the Game of Life, Risk, Monopoly, Twister, checkers, and chess, which invoke what we did for fun when we weren’t out riding bikes, playing stick-ball, roller hockey, or touch football in the streets. Were bad things going on in the world? Sure. The Vietnam War, Watergate, gasoline shortages and rationing, stagflation, and a myriad of other damaging challenges confronted the country, just as they always have throughout history.

One of the supposed historic moments in human history was the moon landing in July 1969, when I was six years old. I remember sitting on the floor in front of the TV and thinking how cool it was and how cool that I was allowed up at 11:00 pm to watch it. Another 600 million people were also watching. At the time, no one questioned what they were watching live on their TVs. It was the penultimate human achievement, with the goal set by JFK during Camelot before he was murdered by his own government, proving our technological superiority to the evil Soviets. To fail in this mission would have been too embarrassing to the leaders of our empire, only two decades into its infancy. I believed the official narrative up until a few years ago.

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One response to “If You Believe, by Jim Quinn

  1. Excellent read. Wow, there are people out there that think like I do. That should be a good thing but I’m not going to tell anyone. If my memory serves me the Federal Reserve came into existence in 1913. It seems that was one of the key components in capturing all of the power and control currently wielded by the financial piece of the puzzling puzzle. I truly don’t have much confidence in a revival of the great things we once had going on. But I’m willing to be shown I’m wrong. It (this world) doesn’t really change much regardless of our real or perceived improvements of the human condition. It’s mostly a change in the physical and material world, with little change in our base nature. We aren’t really very good people, making a great argument for God or higher power if you prefer. We seem to do better when we have a common belief in something bigger and better than us.


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